The Writing: What's the best feedback you've ever received in a writing workshop? How do you give and receive it?

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your patience as I missed my own deadline at noon today whilst sweatily unloading a moving trailer. I can proudly inform all of you that I own exactly 14 “small” boxes of books of equally heavy weight and they are all towering behind me in my new office.

Today’s question continues the MFA series (#1, #2). Moving onto workshops, here’s a common question about writing workshop: What's the best feedback you've received in a writing workshop? How do you give and receive it?

Answer below. As usual, I’ll be here for the next 45 minutes.

[Image: Litho #2 (Waves #2), Willem de Kooning (1960). Lithograph on cream wove paper. Starting from the top, three nearly-equidistant black splatters appear in a row. Underneath them are a series of vigorous looped lines of black brushwork which land on a thick line of black ink that zigzags more lightly from right to left, almost like emphasis.]